Meghan Dauphinee, currently living and working in BC, was raised here in London Ontario. The paintings in this collection are all happy reminders to the artist of the place where she grew up.
"I think of them as a series of postcards that I would receive from my hometown. The subjects are not necessarily the tourist mainstays that usually grace postcards, but rather they are the places that have left a mark on me."
"I find myself returning to these buildings when I come back to London, or sometimes I even return to them using Google street view. They are a source of inspiration that show up in my sketches and doodles."
"As an artist I feel grateful that such striking sources of interest remain within the context of an ever-changing urban landscape. These places are treasures, unique reminders of what London means, and how it feels to be here. This feeling of my hometown is what I am trying to capture in this body of work. To preserve that feeling, like a postcard from home."
"I love colours and patterns, but more than decoration there seems to be meaning infused in the lines, shapes and elements adorning these portraits, like secrets hidden in plain sight," Jen explains.
"Sometimes I recognize the things from my own life and experience woven in but I try to let the lines and shapes of the faces become what they will. The slowness of the stitches and the subconscious imagery triggers a deeper memory of our ancient nature while being inspired by graffiti, pop art and psychedelic design.
"This show features local people as well as some that are internationally known. Locally, I have had the pleasure of adorning the faces of Katie Wilhelm, Debbie Jamieson, Felicia Hunter, Jennifer Squires, Rachel Larivee, and Allyson Proulx (otherwise known as Lefty Smudges). A Pair’s Three, which is a local folk/pop band, is also displayed and will be using this work for their new album cover! I’m also hoping Justin Bieber uses my piece on his next album too."
"The women in the hand made white frames are all heroes in my eyes. I call this collection “American Goddess” as I feel they demonstrate all the amazing traits and personalities of strong, intelligent and caring women who tap into the divine feminine."
The American Goddess series includes portraits of Amelia Earhart (pilot), Angela Davis (activist), Buffy Sainte-Marie (musician), Eleanor Roosevelt (socialist), Ella Fitzgerald (singer), Frida Khalo (painter), Georgia O’Keefe (painter), Maya Angelou (poet), and Rosa Parks (activist).